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Doghouse Bringin' the Meat to College Park

The folks who opened Infusion Tea (Website) and Soda Fountain (Website) have opened a third restaurant called Doghouse  (Website) in College Park at 2527 Edgewater Drive. 

Cupcake ATM in Orlando this May at Sprinkles In Disney Springs

We told you in 2012 about the cupcake ATM. This February the Tampa Bay Times broke the news that the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM was coming to Orlando. It's now been announced that Orlando's Cupcake ATM is coming as soon as Sprinkle's Cupcakes (Website) has its official grand opening at Disney Springs Sunday, May 15.

The Cupcake ATM spits out cupcakes straight to consumers! It will operate daily from 8am-2pm. It can hold up to 400 cupcakes at a time and is constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness. The Cupcake ATM will also carry dog-friendly cupcakes.

This will be the chain's 20th store and 12th ATM.

Sprinkles sells cupcakes, ice creams and cookies and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Delivery will also be available within a 100 mile radius.

Call for ARTIST! 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival

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The Daily City's Cardboard Art Festival is  NOW accepting applications for this years festival! 

Now in it's 4th year, The Daily City's Cardboard Art Festival will be expanding to 10 days including 2 weekends for 2016! Mark your calendars for Friday July 22- 31st 2016

Here's the information for the Call for Artists!


WHAT: 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival - Orlando 2016

WHEN: July 22rd through July 31th, 2016

WHERE: Inside the
SoDo Shopping Center at S Orange Ave & Grant St
the address is: 80 W Grant St, Orlando, FL 32806
(The festival is located between Flipper's Pizza and TJ Max)

DUE DATE: Concept Submission Deadline June 1, 2016

Application link: ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Cardboard is something we pack up, ship off or store away. But did you know it's one of the most-loved mediums to work in for artists all over the world? will celebr…

Orlando-Grown Patch Celebrates Our City!

The new Orlando-Grown patch from Secret Society Goods (Website) celebrates Orlando with a citrus skull and a 407 zip code hidden in one of the two top leaves. Buy the patch

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Orlando Facial Hair Club Group Bike Ride

The Orlando Facial Hair Club (Instagram) is hosting a "Bikes & Beards" group bike ride Sunday May 15th at 1pm. The start and finish is at Oblivion Taproom (Map).

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Orlando Purple Rain Movie at Disney Springs + Universal Cineplex

Orlando's Purple Rain movie screenings will take place at two Orlando movie theaters April 23-28:
AMC Disney Springs 24 | Website | 1500 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone:(407) 827-1308AMC Universal Cineplex 20 | Website | 6000 Universal Blvd #740, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone:(407) 354-3374About Purple Rain: A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.
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Rollins Dance Team Seeking Increase in Funding

(EDITED 4/21/16)

Rollins College Dance Team has a petition online asking for signatures to support their effort to get $20,000 in funding to support the costs of the dance team.

Last year they raised over $5,000 on their own including the school dues that Rollins charges the dancers to participate on the dance team. They used that for all their expenses.

The current dance team season is over.

Rollins gave the team $1,500 for expenses for next year.

They're asking for the following funding for next year:

$15,000 to pay their coach $15/hour for 24 hours per week$5,000 team funding
The petition will be a tool to show community support for the $20K when they meet with school leaders soon.

From the Petition:
The Rollins Dance Team has been a program struggling to gain traction at Rollins College for the past 5 years. The mission of the Rollins Dance Team is to represent Rollins at campus and community events while building school spirit through the art of dance. This organization has cre…

Olde Dixie Fried Chicken is Closing

Olde Dixie Fried Chicken, a classic old Orlando restaurant, is shutting its doors at the end of May. The owner says it's because of "circumstances beyond our control." See graphic below.

Winter Park's Banned Street Performers Now Welcomed in Thornton Park

Street performers in Winter Park are no longer allowed to play music along Park Avenue after being banned from area sidewalks. Performers are now restricted to Central Park, which is across from Park Avenue, after store owners requested the ban.
Thornton Park District (Website) is inviting victims of City of Winter Park's ban on street performers to come play their instruments in their district. 
The event they'll be a part of is Rock Around the Bricks. It takes place every Friday night from 5:30-8:30 in Thornton Park, and features live music around the neighborhood. Musicians who are interested in performing should email
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3rd Building Announced for Lake Nona Sports and Performance District

Lake Nona (Website) today announced development plans for a third office building in their Sports and Performance District.

The building will contain 50,000 sq ft and rise two stories.

The office building will be next to the new 63-acre United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) National Campus, and the 23-acre Orlando City Soccer Club training complex.

From the press release: "The Sports and Performance District offers a forward-thinking platform for sports and performance related organizations in training, nutrition, human performance and health technology with unique resources including: a gigabit fiber network for fitness, sports and performance applications and high-bandwidth video, sports medicine practices in conjunction with Lake Nona Medical City partners, where marketing firms and manufacturers will be able to test their products and services.

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Images from An Evening with Sissy Spacek

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A few more great photos from An Evening with Sissy Spacek this past week at the Florida Film Festival.
Thank you Richard Cromwell for use of the images!

PBS + ABC in Orlando for Town Hall About the Guns and the Militarization of the Police

ABC and PBS are coming to Orlando to put on a town hall discussing guns in America (Facebook Event Page). They will specifically be looking through the lenses of militarization of police and how faith and guns interact. 
The town hall is Wednesday, April 27th 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Northland Church (530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750). 
Press Release Below: 
Please join PBS for a live town hall broadcast form Northland Church, April 28 from 6:30-9:30 PM ET. The back-to-back conversations will explore faith and firearms and the increased militarization of the police.

The conversations will be moderated by Michael Martin of NPR's weekend "All Things Considered" and are anchored in two films:
"The Amor of Light" follows an evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who asks, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life?"Peace Officer" explores the increased militarization of the police through a former sheriff who established his…

Free Comic Book Day May 7th

Gods & Monsters (5250 International Dr. Suite E8 Orlando, FL 32819) is celebrating Free Comic Book Day (Website) on Saturday May 7th with artists, vendors, workshops, special sales and family-friendly entertainment going all day and night till their 1am closing time.

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What is Free Comic Book Day? It's is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. 
Which Comic Books Will be Given Away? See the list her
Entertainment Lineup: Balloon art & magic shows, Face-Painting from 12pm-6pm, Gaming demos and Costumed character appearances. 
Beer!!! 20% off at their 150-bottle craft beer, cider, mead, wine & soda bar Creators Appearing:
Barry Gregory and Steven Butler, creative team behind the John Aman Amazing Man comic series, & Ka-Blam comic book printing.Jenni Gregory creator of the comics, DreamWal…

XL 106.7 VS Seminole County Fire Department Basketball Benefit

Seminole County Fire Department and XL 106.7 radio team are having a charity basketball game on May 3rd at Lake Mary Prep. The game will benefit the Kids House of Seminole County. Here's the donation page. 

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Sissy Spacek at Florida Film Festival 2016

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Each year Florida Film Festival brings celebrity guests to share a film of their choice. This year Sissy Spacek was in attendance at tonight's screening of Badlands. After the film the audience enjoyed a Q&A where Sissy shared stories from Badlands as well as many of her other films and experiences. Mrs. Spacek was very entertaining and looked great! This wasn't too much of a surprise as she has played younger for several of her films. In Coal Miner's Daughter she played a 14 year old Loretta Lynn when she was 27 years old!

The Florida Film Festival is in it's final few days and offers screenings through Sunday 4/17. Check out their schedule and catch a film or many before it's a wrap for 2016!

From Florida Film Festival's press release:
SissySpacekhas been one of theindustry’s most respected actresses in acareer spanning four decades. Her many honors include an Academy Award®,a Scr…

Mothers Day Idea: Dinner Outside at @foodtruckbazaar!

During May, the @foodtruckbazaar's second Sunday monthly community dinner falls on Mothers Day (May 8th). Bring Mamma, the family and your chairs and eat together under the stars from 17 food trucks selling authentic food from across the world!
When: Sunday May 8th 6-9pm Where: Macy's parking lot (3505 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL)Cost: Free admission and parking. Dinners cost $10-$12. Seating: Guests must bring their own chairs.  The @foodtruckbazaar puts this on every single month rain or shine 6-9pm at Macys on SECOND SUNDAYS. 
THE TRUCKS:  All the trucks subject to change without notice!
CilantroCurbside ChefEl CubanitoHoly SchnitzIce Cream Social ClubJamaica JamaicaKelly's Homemade Ice CreamMonsta LobstaOverricePepa's ArepasPeru PowerPhilly's BestSMAC Food TruckSwedeDishThe London Fish and ChippySoul Bowl EateryUp In Smoke BBQ Have a tip about Orlando-area development? Send it to

Will Orlando get the IKEA Bike?

IKEA has created a bike! 
The bike, called Sladda, is designed for those who don't already own a bike.

Will Orlando get it? 
Dunno yet. 
The Sladda is not even in the U.S. yet. It goes on sale in Europe in August for $569. 'Merica (and Orlando!) is hopefully right around the corner. Have a tip about Orlando-area development? Send it to

Every Street in Orlando

You can now see every street in Orlando on one map thanks to City of Orlando's new data website. The map is above. If you want to explore it, go here.

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Mako Coaster POV Video - Watch a ride on Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest coaster

The Mako coaster (Website) made its debut run this week and will open June 10 inside a two-acre shark-themed land along with Shark Encounter®, Sharks Underwater Grill®, gift shops, and shark- and shipwreck-themed educational experiences at Sea World Orlando.

Mako is 4,760-feet long, has 9 air-time hills and has a top speed of 73 mph. Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.


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Pedestrians and Cyclists the Focus of Winter Park's Denning Drive Corridor Complete Streets Review

Pedestrians, cyclists, users of public transportation and cars will be the focus of a Spring/Summer re-evaluation of Winter Park's Denning Drive corridor under the city’s Complete Streets Resolution. 
2 mile long Denning Drive passes behind Winter Park Village and ends at Mead Botanical Gardens. 
The City of Winter Park's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will be re-evaluating Denning Drive for performance, needs and possible improvements. The re-evaluation will be funded by the CRA. This initiative is part of the CRA's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
GAI Consultants (Website) will be working with City of Winter Park (Website) to hold two public involvement meetings to discuss Denning's current conditions, and future possibilities.  May 12 Public Walking Audit | The first meeting, will be in a workshop format Thursday, May 12. The meeting will involve a “walking audit” of Denning Drive giving attendees the opportunity to experience Denning from a walker’s point …

Postmodern Jukebox in Orlando!

Postmodern Jukebox (SITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM) is performing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Fans can pre-order tickets next Wednesday, April 20, 2016 before the general public at
Tickets on sale Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. and start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at, by calling 844.513.2014.

(Press Release Below) 
The tour follows PMJ’s current 75-date almost completely sold-out international run. This year, they return to the Big Apple on October 7th to play Radio City Music Hall, a historic venue with a seat capacity over 6,000.
In 2015, the group's sold-out tours of Australia and the United States prompted the Buffalo News to proclaim, “Postmodern Jukebox is literally a postmodern success, extending its reach from the virtual to the real world, touring and performing around the globe for an ever-growing fan base.”

Created by Bradlee, the rotating collective…

Orlando Food Truck that Serves Beer!

An Orlando food truck that serves beer! Mixed Eats (Website | Twitter | Instagram) is a new Orlando food truck coming onto the scene. Their niche is adult-beverage-flavored-food and adult beverages. Customers receive a free beer with each purchase of a meal. See menu and photos below. 
Deep friend Baileys Oreos

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Se7en Bites Bakery will be replaced by...

... a food truck! The owner of Bad As's Sandwiches food truck has signed the lease on the space that local bakery Se7en Bites will exit soon. 
The bakery will move down the street to a larger location with more seating and parking.
The new sandwich restaurant will retain the truck's name and will feature a similar menu to the truck's menu. Guests will choose from sandwiches, salads and soups. 
The new restaurant's owner is considering morning and afternoon hours, the same as Se7en Bites. However, since they have a food truck, they're considering late night hours during which patrons from the Milk District bars can buy late night meals on a simplified menu straight from the truck.
The restaurant is expected to open in the Fall.

Florida Film Festival Connections; Horror at Florida Film Festival and Spooky Empire

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By: Denna Beena  Contributing Connector

Spooky Empire just finished it's spring show Spooky Empire: RETRO here in Orlando this past weekend. In case you didn't know, Spooky Empire is the largest horror fan event on the east coast and it's hosted here in Orlando twice a year! The event brings in actors from some of the biggest and best horror movies along with vendors, a film festival, authors and so much more. 

While fans of horror/ sci-fi wait for Spooky's October show, why not stop into the Florida Film Festival for some awesome independent horror! 

Several films have peaked my horror loving interest. Check out all of Florida Film Festival horror shorts and features here.

Go see:

Midnight Shorts
Sat, April 9th 11:59PM - 1:45AM at the Enzian orSat, April 16th 11:59PM - 1:45AM at Regal Winter Park Village A Buy tickets here.

Crush the Skull Sun, April 10th 12:30PM - 2:00PM at Regal Winter Park Village A …

Florida Film Festival Connections; Thank You, Del: The Story of The Del Close Marathon & SAK Comedy Lab

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By: Denna Beena  Contributing Connector

Did you know that Orlando has one of the best improv comedy theaters in the country? SAK Comedy Lab has been making people laugh and starting the careers of performers like Wayne Brady, Paula Pell, Dee Baker Bradley and so many others for years. I would bet everyone one of SAK's performers have read Del Close's book Truth In Comedy at least once!

Florida Film Festival is screening "Thank You, Del: The Story of The Del Close Marathon". From their site: " Though Close barely made a mark as a performer, he revolutionized modern comedy by transforming improv from an acting exercise to an art form. (He literally wrote the book on the subject:Truth in Comedy.) Forget telling jokes—Close wanted performers to invent sketches live, like a jazz band playing without charts. Fear serves to sharpen the senses, revealing truth (and humor) like no script could...If…

Florida Film Festival Connections; Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler & Free Play Florida

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By: Denna Beena  Contributing Connector

As I prepped for this years Florida Film Festival, I got to thinking of connections. There are movies that if you enjoy, you should check out other offerings in Orlando. So be on the look out for my Florida Film Festival Connections!

One of the first pre-festival screenings I got to attend was for Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler. It's a documentary about video games and one mans one BILLION point record. One quarter and over 40 hours of play!

As the website says "MAN VS. SNAKE… is filled with unexpected twists and turns and is an endearing, funny, and compelling tale of the triumph of the human spirit." I really enjoyed the film. You feel for these people and the stories, struggles and achievements. Another super cool element though is that I met some of the people in this film right here in Orlando!

Free Play Florida is a three day celebr…